With five-year-olds and ten-year-old kids already adept at using laptops, tablets, and smartphones, parents are often left wondering how to protect their children from the dangers of the online world.
To a kid, the internet may seem like a magical realm full of wondrous possibilities to explore. They know how to search up coloring-in templates, find out interesting stories and poems, and watch funny videos and cartoons. But what they don’t know is how to avoid online scams, phishing, viruses, protecting their privacy, and internet security.
While adults are more tech-savvy, children won’t be as smart when it comes to detecting online digital danger. Here are a few ways you can educate your kid on how to stay safe from online scams and phishing attacks.
Teach Them Early On
As your kids were about to start school, you probably educated them on social etiquettes; be nice to everyone, share with others, don’t fight with anyone, and so on. Just as kids need training on how to stay socially smart, they also need advice on how to navigate the social media playground. With 92% of teens going online daily, our kids can be up to anything.
According to their age, educate them on which sites they should be using and which ones are restricted. Warn them of the dangers of the internet and of what could happen there. Keep the channel of communication open.
Teach Them to Protect Personal Information
Online scam artists can extort you once they have access to your personal information. Educate your kids on the importance of maintaining privacy. Teach them to protect both theirs as well as others’ personal information. Make sure they aren’t posting their personal numbers or address online, or sharing their passwords with anyone else.
Watch Out for Suspicious Links
We’ve all received emails or messages with someone writing out a heartfelt plea about how they’re in need of money and asking you to transfer some amount of money by clicking on a link. You probably caught onto the scam and didn’t click on the link but would your child do the same? These kind of sketchy emails with links are called phishing emails. They are a common online scamming tactic wherein the hacker prompts people to open a link which leads to them being hacked and their personal information compromised.
According to research, almost 91% of information breaches happen as a result of phishing attacks. So, educate your kids on what they are.
Never Open Unknown Suspicious-Looking Emails
Phishing emails often contain links with viruses or some other malware that can start to automatically download viruses on the computer once opened. It can corrupt data files, glean personal information, and more. Instruct your kids never to keep correspondence with an online stranger and install effective antivirus programs on their computers for security.
Install Parental Controls
A parent can’t be omnipresent; you can’t look and keep check everywhere on your own. This is where parental controls come in place. You can restrict or block unsuitable content on their computers. You can also monitor what they’re doing on the internet with the help of tracking software.
PhoneSpector provides cell phone tracking software and phone monitoring apps that can help you keep your kid safe. Get in touch with us today to learn more.